MGM Resorts Files Lawsuit Against Connecticut Tribes

MGMResorts challenges MMCT claim in BridgeportTheLas Vegas companies will seek to discontinue the tribal casinoprojectTribesprepared to go to court, cautioning about MGM being an out-of-statecompany

MGMResorts files lawsuit to challenge tribal claim in Bridgeport,Connecticut. The casino industry and job opportunities in the statemay suffer as a result.

MGM Resorts FilesLawsuit Against East Windsor

MGM Resorts International is launching litigation against the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes over the East Windsor casino project. The company has already filed the lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for Columbia, targeting the U.S. Department of Interior.

In the lawsuit, MGM Resorts seeks to void a decision by the Department which allows the tribes’ joint venture, MMCT, to be built and operate on land that is not owned by the tribes under exclusive heritage.

Commenting on these developments, MGM’s official statement focused on the competitiveness of the deal as well as the value that Connecticut people were getting:

“These decisions also stand in the way of an open, competitive process that MGM believes would result in a better deal for the people of Connecticut.”

Furthermore, MGM argued that by not having the tribes granted exclusive rights for a new property, the state could benefit from an open process for call for proposals and choose the project with the most economic and employment benefits.

The U.S. Department in the Wrong, Says MGM

MGM specified that the Department had been wrong to allow MMCT to build in Bridgeport, a place that has long been on the visor of MGM, an established public fact.

The casino operator reiterated its previous statement that by allowing the tribes to build outright, the Department had in fact stripped the state from the opportunity to decide about what is the most economically feasible project for it.

Furthermore, Connecticut would suffer as MMCT is not expected to do any of the following:

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MGMhasn’t been alone in the fight. Gov.Ned Lamont offeredthe tribes to smoke a piece offering by letting them operate in thesports betting market if they agreed to give up on their East Windsorclaim, but Mr. Lamont had been met with silent refusal.

All Cogwheels Already in Motion

The refusal came on the basis that the tribes had already put $20 million out of the $300 expected to go down for Windsor, or Tribal Wind as the project is known. Responding to the lawsuit, Mr. Lamont issued an official statement, which stated that it was the one development he had sought to avoid:

“As I have consistently said, our state needs to reach a global gaming resolution that will avoid years and years of complex litigation,”

Mr. Lamont explained that Connecticut’s gaming industry was a cherished state asset and endangering it wouldn’t be possible. Plus, the state’s administration remained committed to protecting the industry insofar as honest competition went.

MMCTresponded to the lawsuit by releasing a statement throughspokesperson AndrewDobawhosaid that the move undertaken by MGM was foolhardy to say the least.With this said, Mr. Doba adopted a popular trope, calling D.C. aswamp and reminding MGM what had happened last time when they triedlitigation, which led to investigation and multiple resignations.

Mr.Doba further explained that the tribes won’t let a Las Vegas companythat “generates not one dime for the state push us around”. Hethen noted that the tribes were paying $8 million in tax and employed18,000 people.

MeanwhileBridgeport Mayor JoeGanimexpressed regret that while CT was on the cusp of welcoming new jobs,this prospect was now dimmed by the pending legislation.